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    OMG! Our favourite Novice Dance couple have been invited to Sasha Zhulin's Summer Dance Camp in Minsk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSQ View Post
    You’re preaching to the choir here. I just don’t understand why they’re so in love with Sheffield. I don’t mind competitions there sometimes but not all the time...
    I know! If they have the British there then there is no reason to have all three qualifiers and an open competition (or two!!) there. I get that BIS moved, but all the competitions were there in first place.

    I saw a video of one of my coaches (when he was a skater) skating st the British nationals in 2004, and it was held at NIC - the crowd was much greater than modern British.

    I’ve been to the British 3 times (two out of three were disaster skates as back then I didn’t have the same mental toughness or attitude to the sport) coming 3rd at one of them, and there were almost no people watching.

    Last year (when I didn’t qualify - moved to junior) was better though as they had commentators and a much better livestream (didn’t have a livestream at all at one of them!). Hopefully they’ll start to have some cinematic video recording at least if they keep the British in the same place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkaye View Post
    I know BIS offices are in Sheffield but still would be nice to have the british in other locations, or at least some qualifiers distributed.
    Absolutely! As it always used to be. Or at least move the IJS in August to another venue. Why does it always have to be in Sheffield? It's the only other 'National' event held during the season.

    If you compare the amount of publicity and local press articles that Dundee rink generates by having a group of successful British/Irish skaters training there, and the amount of interest/publicity that Sheffield generates DURING THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS, it's sadly lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkaye View Post
    I also went in 2012 but don’t remember much.
    I was very young and only had eyes for Evgeni Plushenko (because everybody constantly told me he was the best skater). I regret it now, however To be fair i was only 9 years old.
    One of my biggest regrets was not going to Sheffield Euros. There were so many skaters competing there that I liked that have now retired. But, I didn't have the foresight to think of it like that. I just priced a few things out, and decided that it was going to work out too expensive. It didn't twig with me that it could be years until another opportunity as good as that would came along again.

    Good to hear that you are a Plushenko fan. Me too!

    But, way to make a guy feel old! I was 26!

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    Was that Italian?! I'm such a dunce I thought it was Spanish. Lovely music!
    it is it's a very typical 60s italian song about lost love and melancholy by a Peppino Gagliardi (i had to check it, never heard of him before)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elektra blue View Post
    it is it's a very typical 60s italian song about lost love and melancholy by a Peppino Gagliardi (i had to check it, never heard of him before)
    Fantastic information! Thanks Elektra. And so befitting of Graham's melancholic face and look he has on the ice. I really hope he keeps it as Florent Amodio created a fabulous SP for him last season, then he went back to his old program of "Sounds of Silence". I'm loving the choreo Florent is doing with our British Skaters!! He has transformed Kristen Spours.

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    Now that Ash & Atl, GB Intermediate Novice Silver Medalists, have their own Instagram account, they've been uploading some old pics and video clips.

    Love this from Dancing on Ice 2018, meeting eventual Champion Jake Quickenden:

    "8? I couldn't even spell my own name at 8!"

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BywxlzKn2mw/

    This was the rocking Ensemble routine which they took part in.

    https://youtu.be/gFLS86NuvnU

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    Fantastic information! Thanks Elektra. And so befitting of Graham's melancholic face and look he has on the ice. I really hope he keeps it as Florent Amodio created a fabulous SP for him last season, then he went back to his old program of "Sounds of Silence". I'm loving the choreo Florent is doing with our British Skaters!! He has transformed Kristen Spours.
    i loved Florent as a skater and i'm loving now what is doing as choreographer (is he also a coach?). i hope he keeps working with Graham and the other kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    or Skate Ayrshire (which has been held twice, but each time in different towns in the county).

    And then you get to Northern Ireland. And we don't have any competitions.

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    The mention of Skate Ayrshire triggered my salivary glands. Unfortunately I am an American living in the U.S. and only have access to streaky bacon. I would love to go to a competition where all the prizes were really good bacon.

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    Is Ayrshire bacon a thing? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that! When ever I was in Ayr it was for the horse racing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulE View Post
    The mention of Skate Ayrshire triggered my salivary glands. Unfortunately I am an American living in the U.S. and only have access to streaky bacon. I would love to go to a competition where all the prizes were really good bacon.
    You can get good back bacon all over the UK, Paul (or "rashers" as they're called in Ireland). But I didn't know it was a speciality in Ayrshire? I only buy British though, as Danish pigs (they are known for bacon too) are kept in horrendous conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulE View Post
    The mention of Skate Ayrshire triggered my salivary glands. Unfortunately I am an American living in the U.S. and only have access to streaky bacon. I would love to go to a competition where all the prizes were really good bacon.
    Oh, that sounds like a dream come true! Get me to that competition!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DSQ View Post
    Is Ayrshire bacon a thing? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that! When ever I was in Ayr it was for the horse racing!
    I had to look it up too, and apparently so.

    Funnily enough, I am from a town whose main claim to fame is it's bacon factory (OK, so it makes all sorts of pork products, and sausages are it's most famous product, but it is referred to as "the bacon factory")

    I was in Ayr once, but I was very young (something like 4 or 5) and so can't remember much. In fact, the only thing I can remember is that sometime after the crossing, I saw public toilets labelled "laddies" and "lassies".

    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    You can get good back bacon all over the UK, Paul (or "rashers" as they're called in Ireland). But I didn't know it was a speciality in Ayrshire? I only buy British though, as Danish pigs (they are known for bacon too) are kept in horrendous conditions.
    I don't eat Danish bacon either, but that is more to do with availability - nearly all the meat products you get in Northern Ireland originate either here or Down South. But, thank you for letting us know about the conditions of the Danish pigs. I'll remember that for future.

    Funny story: my Dad just cannot get it into his head that the packaging for bacon is colour coded (red for smoked, and blue for unsmoked). And he keeps landing home from the shopping with red packet bacon, when nobody in the house likes smoked bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    You can get good back bacon all over the UK, Paul (or "rashers" as they're called in Ireland). But I didn't know it was a speciality in Ayrshire? I only buy British though, as Danish pigs (they are known for bacon too) are kept in horrendous conditions.
    I was fortunate to have married an English girl who introduced me to English bacon and bacon sannies (sp?). Sadly she died two years ago so I don't have her to translate English into American for me anymore. I actually got my last Ayrshire bacon at Sav-On Foods in Victoria B.C. which is just a ferry ride away from where I live on the Olympic Peninsula. It (the Ayrshire bacon) looked like the best bacon in the store and tasted awfully good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    Now that Ash & Atl, GB Intermediate Novice Silver Medalists, have their own Instagram account, they've been uploading some old pics and video clips.

    Love this from Dancing on Ice 2018, meeting eventual Champion Jake Quickenden:

    "8? I couldn't even spell my own name at 8!"

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BywxlzKn2mw/

    This was the rocking Ensemble routine which they took part in.

    https://youtu.be/gFLS86NuvnU
    Ah, I remember them from watching the livestream of this year's British Championships. Yeah, they are good!

    I know he was joking, but you can sympathise with Jake - he does have a long name.

    Quote Originally Posted by elektra blue View Post
    i loved Florent as a skater and i'm loving now what is doing as choreographer (is he also a coach?). i hope he keeps working with Graham and the other kids
    I was a big fan of Amodio too, although I am still not too sure about his habit of stripping at every possible opportunity. But, definitely, a very entertaining skater who would be brilliant in shows.

    Anyway, I just did a search, and Florent is actually coaching too. For Luc Economides at least (according to his ISU Bio).

    It's always good to see your favourite skaters who have now retired from competition staying in the sport and passing on their expertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulE View Post
    I was fortunate to have married an English girl who introduced me to English bacon and bacon sannies (sp?). Sadly she died two years ago so I don't have her to translate English into American for me anymore. I actually got my last Ayrshire bacon at Sav-On Foods in Victoria B.C. which is just a ferry ride away from where I live on the Olympic Peninsula. It (the Ayrshire bacon) looked like the best bacon in the store and tasted awfully good too.
    My English relatives always called them sarnies (or butties) and here we call them sangers....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallyT View Post
    My English relatives always called them sarnies (or butties) and here we call them sangers....
    For our non-English speaking friends who may be confused - all names for a sandwich.

    PaulE - sorry for your loss.

    I am going to try the Ayrshire bacon as soon as I can get my hands on it. Any dry cured British back bacon is always tasty, and like CaroLiza_Fan I prefer unsmoked. Occasionally I'll go for streaky. And always with a mug of tea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by La Rhumba View Post
    I am going to try the Ayrshire bacon as soon as I can get my hands on it. Any dry cured British back bacon is always tasty, and like CaroLiza_Fan I prefer unsmoked. Occasionally I'll go for streaky. And always with a mug of tea.
    Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs... Unsmoked bacon - like goat's cheese - is morally wrong. <nan face> Best we never mention pasties or the sacred cream tea... #jamfirst

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    Quote Originally Posted by WednesdayMarch View Post
    Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs... Unsmoked bacon - like goat's cheese - is morally wrong. <nan face> Best we never mention pasties or the sacred cream tea... #jamfirst
    I apologize for having slightly derailed this thread. Ummm, cream tea. I remember listening to Terry Wogan on the radio during one of my first trips to England (probably about 40 years ago). I had already had the pleasure of a cream tea somewhere near Portsmouth so I had a good laugh at his comments which went something like: "Those stupid Americans—they think you put the cream in the tea. Don't they know that you put the cream on the scones and the jam in the tea?"

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